We went to our last Muny show of the 2014 season last night, Hello Dolly. This is one of my all-time favorite shows. I love everything about it; the songs, the costumes, the storyline. The last time I saw it at The Muny was in 2007 (went with a former BFF) and the last time Bill saw it was 1997 when Gretchen Wyler played Dolly. I seriously could see it every year and never get tired of it. This year, Beth Leavel played Dolly and she was fantastic! She was Sister Robert Ann in Nunsense last year. John O'Hurley also returned to The Muny again this year to play Horace Vandergelder (last year; Spamalot) and was perfect for the part.
Here's the sad part...we didn't get to see the entire show. It started raining during the end of the first act and they stopped the performance twice. After an abbreviated intermission, they started the second act. After the first scene, it started raining. They were able to perform Waiter's Gallop and then it really started raining. Well, the next song was Hello Dolly and the actors pushed through the rain and gave an outstanding performance. No one even left despite the rain. The actors received a standing ovation and then they announced that the show would have to stop due to rain. We left our seats and stood on the side under cover and then about 10 minutes later, they announced that the performance had been cancelled. I was sad but I was just happy that they were able to perform the Hello Dolly number.
Because it looked like rain, we ate at Six Row instead of having a picnic dinner as planned. They had tapped a double Waimea IPA (New Zealand hop) IPA the night before so we were able to try it. Very tasty!
I'll post a review of the entire 2014 Muny season soon. Until then...